IPaQS students in the Edinburgh Campus Postgraduate centre lounge.

Photonics and Quantum Sciences presents us with the exciting and ongoing challenge of attempting to understand the physical world around us and of applying this knowledge to enable future technological advances. Reflecting this challenge, our taught masters programmes and research doctorates allow our students to develop their skills in a world class institute.

Doctoral research takes one of two forms. Traditional PhD students spend their time as part of one of our research groups in their chosen topic.  Alternatively, reflecting our close links with industry, Heriot-Watt leads the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics which places students in a commercial or industrial environment for the majority of their research. 

Our taught Masters course in 'Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices' benefits from a joint course structure with the Physics Department at St Andrews University. Masters students spend the first semester of their studies at St Andrews, their second semester at Heriot-Watt, with the remainder as a summer industrial/research project.

Additional details are available from the University Postgraduate Prospectus.

Masters taught courses

The Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices MSc is a course jointly delivered by Heriot-Watt University and the School of Physics and Astronomy at St Andrews University.

Postgraduate research

We typically take on 10~20 PhD students annually. Please see our list of currently available PhD projects for information

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics offers the option of research study in an industrial environment.